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October 06, 2008

IFS grows footprint in Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. & ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IFS, the global enterprise application company, has announced that Lockheed Martin has decided to extend the use of IFS Applications in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS).

IFS Applications is currently deployed in ALIS for supply chain management. Lockheed Martin has now also selected IFS Applications as the foundation for ALIS maintenance management capability. The expanded IFS Applications footprint is expected to be contractually awarded and rolled out in support of the third Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contract of the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, which is planned to be fielded in 2010. 

ALIS is a seamless, embedded solution that integrates aircraft performance, operational parameters, aircraft configuration, scheduled upgrades and maintenance, component history, diagnostics, prognostics, health management, and service support for the F-35 aircraft. Essentially, condition reporting of aircraft wellness is automatically reported in-flight, so crews on the ground can rapidly marshal appropriate maintenance and repair efforts.

In July of this year, Lockheed Martin signed a contract to use IFS Applications to provide the core software for the JAMES Land (Joint Asset Management Engineering Solution) project for the UK Ministry of Defence. This expanded IFS’ role in the JAMES 1 Project by adding IFS Applications components for engineering, asset data collection and analysis as well as workshop management for the modification of assets.

“As IFS grows its relationship with important aerospace and defense companies like Lockheed Martin, and as we become the go-to maintenance and enterprise asset management solution for government programs like the US Air Force Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS), we solidify our position as a leader in the aerospace and defense industry,” IFS North America President Cindy Jaudon said. “We have built this position through developing specialized industry solutions, specifically in the area of maintenance and logistics, and through close alliances with well-respected partners like Lockheed Martin. We look forward to deepening these existing relationships and working with suppliers to major aerospace and defense OEMs as they equip themselves for success in today’s demanding environment.”

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter that combines stealth with supersonic speed. It is designed to replace current-generation fighters for the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, and at least eight allied nations.

Aerospace & Defense is a targeted industry vertical for IFS. IFS’ global capability is led by a dedicated business, IFS Defence Ltd., helping its customers and partners to meet the future challenges of transformation through a low-risk, low total ownership cost, step-by-step capability evolution. IFS Applications’ strength in enterprise asset management (EAM), maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) and defense manufacturing is complemented by its fully integrated project tracking and product data management (PDM) capabilities. IFS Applications is a best-practice solution for fleet management, MRO and supply chain management in A&D.

IFS customers within the Aerospace and Defense industry include the British, Norwegian, and US defense organizations as well as the Eurofighter consortium. Commercial MRO shops and operators include Finnair, Bristow Helicopters, Aero-Dienst GmbH, Hawker Pacific, and Jet Turbine Services. In addition, IFS provides solutions to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Lockheed Martin General Dynamics, BAE Systems, Saab, and GE Transportation. More details can be found at www.ifsdefence.com

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